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Wireless — a drop in the data ocean
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 12:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Statistics New Zealand’s Internet Service Provider Survey 2016: 143,109 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by broadband connections. 3,165 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by mobile phone internet connections. That makes wireless data about two percent of the month’s total data downloads. In other words a […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand VDSL missing in action
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Businessdesk Pattrick Smellie reports Chorus chair challenges telcos on slow VDSL uptake. He writes: “Some 400,000 internet users in New Zealand are on a slower form of internet connection than is available, with almost no cost involved in changing to the faster version[1], says Patrick Strange, the chairman of telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus. Strange […] Comments (Comments)

Rural Broadband Initiative part two
Posted on 29-Oct-2016 17:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the government will spend $150 million extending rural broadband. The Rural Broadband Initiative second stage has a $100 million budget. The money is to boost speeds for people not covered by the urban Ultrafast Fibre network. She has earmarked a further $50 million for extending mobile coverage. This will cover state highway black spots and in […] Comments (Comments)

Education and Social Enterprise top priorities for problem-solving Auckland entrepreneurs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 15:33Tags News, Web media

Next month, over 120 entrepreneurs will gather in Auckland to create unique solutions to some of the most challenging issues and opportunities facing society today - education and social enterprise. Comments (Comments)

IBM says Macs cost less than PCs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 15:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The jamf blog covers a presentation by Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM: In 2015, IBM let their employees decide – Windows or Mac. “The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said. An emerging favorite meant the deployment of 30,000 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone’s clever free mobile data promise
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 13:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone says it will give customers mobile data at no extra charge if their fixed-line broadband connection fails. The deal only applies to customers who have a Vodafone home broadband plan and use the company’s mobile services. In a press release Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says the always connected promise recognises an internet connection […] Comments (Comments)

HP New Zealand introduces OMEN series of gaming performance PCs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 13:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

HP New Zealand has launched a new suite of gaming products designed specifically for those who demand the ultimate, immersive gaming experience. Comments (Comments)

ASB cashless moneybox ready to ship
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 08:14Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The first ASB Clever Kash cashless moneyboxes are being released to a large waiting list of families across New Zealand from today. Comments (Comments)

New book of Kiwi tech cartoons launching at Ignite NZ
Posted on 24-Oct-2016 18:32Tags News, Web media

A new book of technology-themed cartoons by Kiwi cartoonist 'Jim' will be officially launched at the Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 conference being held at SKYCITY in Auckland. Comments (Comments)

Frazer Scott on Microsoft technology and digital transformation
Posted on 24-Oct-2016 10:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“No-one has the breadth of services and offerings that Microsoft brings to bear in this space”. — Microsoft New Zealand chief marketing and operations officer Frazer Scott At Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Frazer Scott outlined Microsoft’s strategy to help companies with their digital transformation. This is the context for Dynamics 365. It all boils down […] Comments (Comments)

AT&T confirms buying Time Warner Inc.
Posted on 23-Oct-2016 13:15Tags News, Web media

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at US$107.50 per share. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 307: Apple Pay, Sony Xperia XZ, submarine fibre, Samsung 10nm
Posted on 23-Oct-2016 11:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back at the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain this week we discuss: Apple Pay arrives on Apple Watch and iPhone in NZ Sony Xperia XZ Samsung launches 10nm chips, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, TomTom Touch, Vodafone Fibre X, Tasman Global Access cable update and visit to Ile De Re fibre cable laying ship, Hololens […] Comments (Comments)

Jucy’s Tristin King on ugly choices and being more like Apple
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Speaking at Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Jucy Group head of technology Tristin King talked about choice.  King says there are two types of choice. The big ones are all about desire and by need. He says: “The other type of choice is an ugly choice, it’s a burden to most of us much of the time. […] Comments (Comments)

Free non-standard UFB install scheme extended
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 08:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the New Zealand Herald Sophie Boot writes: Chorus, the telecommunications network operator, will continue to provide free non-standard[1] residential ultrafast broadband installations until 2019, under an agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings which could see its debt repayments to the government entity delayed. The could part of that sentence is complicated. There is a regulatory review […] Comments (Comments)

Agility, knowledge economy key for Auckland as an emerging global city
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

James Rosenwax says Auckland should focus on agility and the knowledge economy as it continues to emerge as a dynamic global city. Rosenwax leads Aecom’s Australia and New Zealand cities practice. He recently authored a report on using innovation to transform Australian cities. He says Auckland is already on the radar for many of the […] Comments (Comments)

700MHz build boosts Spark, Vodafone mobile footprint
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 13:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark and Vodafone have built more rural cell towers than they were required to do under the terms of the 2014 auction for 700 MHz spectrum. In the past two years the carriers have added a total of 34 new cell towers. All of them in rural areas. Together they expanded the coverage by 3825 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone gigabit FibreX promises faster installs, lower costs
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone is using the promise of a three-day install and lower gigabit prices as a lure to its FibreX network. FibreX is the new name for the Vodafone HFC (hybrid-fibre coaxial) network that services parts of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast and Christchurch. A naked unlimited data gigabit plan costs $110 a month on FibreX. That […] Comments (Comments)

New WiFi enabled doorbell to be available in retail
Posted on 19-Oct-2016 08:00Tags News, Consumer Electronics

New Zealanders are about to experience a new level of safety and a sense of community with the launch of the latest technology in home security - the Ring Video Doorbell. Comments (Comments)

Review: Sony Xperia XZ, Android contender
Posted on 18-Oct-2016 12:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A solid high-end Android phone with an excellent camera and great sound.  Sony Xperia XZ at a glance For: great camera high-definition audio water resistance clean software Against: generic design no fingerprint scanner Maybe: chunky performance Verdict: Solid Android contender, gets important things right Price: NZ$1100 Website: Sony Xperia XZ While Sony’s Xperia XZ is late […] Comments (Comments)

New player wants to shake things up in the recruitment game
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:59Tags News, Web media

PreviewMe is on a mission to take on the recruitment industry with its video platform. The start-up is working with a wide range of businesses and candidates and encouraging them to think differently about how jobs are promoted and applied for. Comments (Comments)

Bluetooth audio safety messages to South Island rental car drivers wins national award
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:57Tags News, Consumer Electronics

A collaboration of GO Rentals, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Transport Authority, HMI Technologies and Resolve has taken out the Charted Institute of Transport and Logistics Safety, Security & Environmental Innovation 2016 Award. Comments (Comments)

Digital signatures go live on MYOB
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:54Tags News, SaaS

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting "digital signatures", saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. Comments (Comments)

GEO and NZ Post trial to cut time-wasting on the job
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:53Tags News, Web media

Mobile workforce software company GEO has launched a nationwide trial with NZ Post's one-click courier service, BringIt, that allows customers to have parcels delivered quickly, usually within an hour and straight from their smartphones, at a discounted rate. Comments (Comments)

HoloLens set to feature at Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 19:48Tags News, Computing

Attendees to get sneak peek and chance for hands-on demo of Microsoft's new augmented reality device, following announcement of pre-order availability for New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

One month with the Apple Watch Series 2 and WatchOS3
Posted on 17-Oct-2016 11:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

GPS sensor and better water resistance target fitness tracking with Apple Watch Series 2. Forget talk about Apple being second only to Rolex in worldwide watch sales. Apple’s Watch is not a direct competitor to Rolex. It is a fitness tracker first and wearable computer second. Being a wristwatch is only one of many applications. […] Comments (Comments)


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